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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

B is for Bobsledding


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How would you like to hurtle yourself down a 1200-1600 meter ice-covered incline with 15-20 turns at 160 km per hour in nothing more than a glorified garbage can?

That's exactly what bobsledders do in either two or four-man teams. Women didn't begin bobsledding until 2002 at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. They only compete in the two-person bobsledding event.

The bobsled was developed in the late 19th century when a toboggan was outfitted with runners and a steering mechanism at St. Moritz in Switzerland. The first sleds were made of wood but were soon replaced by faster steel sleds. The sport took its name from the bobbing heads of the competitors as they tried to gain speed...Walls of ice, about 18 inches high, keep the sleds from flying off the runs as the sleds approach speeds of 90 miles an hour. Runs take less than a minute and the crew feels five times the force of gravity when braking. from: http://2010games.nytimes.com/events/bobsled/index.html


This past Saturday, Canadians Lyndon Rush and Lascelles Brown won a (shared with Germany) gold medal in the World Cup in St. Moritz, even though Rush was suffering from the flu. The four-man team and the women's team didn't fare well, though. Read all about it here!

The Canadian Olympic Bobsled Team will be announced Jan. 27 at Olympic Heights School in Calgary. If you're interested in watching the bobsledding on TV during the Olympics, here's a bit of the schedule:


Two-Man Heat 4 -February 21, 5:45 PM ET
Women's Heat 4 - February 24, 9:00 PM ET
Four-Man Heat 4 - February 27, 5:15 PM ET



Personally, I think it'd be quite a "rush" to hurtle down a mountain at 160 km per hour!

Here I am up in Whistler a couple of years ago sitting in an official Olympic four-man bobsled. How they squeeze four men in there is beyond me!

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29 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What an interesting post, Leslie! Great captures, too! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

angelcel said...

Bobsledding could be fun...if only I didn't suffer from motion sickness! :D

Amy said...

Leslie, It will be fun to watch the Olympics and bobsledding is always so exciting!

You look great in that sled!

Willa said...

I'm happy just to watch those people doing their "thing" bec I don't see myself doing it now or in the future. :)

Mimi said...

I would LOVE to have the courage to go bobsledding- i look at them in complete awe!
I do love these alphabet posts.

Life with Kaishon said...

It sounds like great fun. I don't know if I would be brave enough to do it though!

Roger Owen Green said...

Nope, not doing THAT. But I'll watch.

Thanks for the info. Good to know the NYT has Olympics stuff already online.

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - Ramblin' with Roger

photowannabe said...

I don't know how they squeeze 4 into that thing either. I'm really looking forward to the Olympics and all the hoopla that goes with it.

Beverley Baird said...

A very informative post! I love watching bobsledding and luge but it terrifies me!
Can't wait for the Olympics. I believe!! We finally got our Olympic mittens last week! Yeah!!!
Have a great week!

Hildred and Charles said...

The Olympic Torch has just passed through our part of the country, generating lots of excitement. I think the bobsledding is too exciting for me, but wonderful to watch. I'm sure it must require nerves of stell!

Reader Wil said...

Good post, Leslie! Bobsledding must be a very interesting sport and dangerous. We have no mountains and consequently no skiing or sledding. Skating is a real Dutch sport and swimming in summer.

RuneE said...

I think I would have been on the outside with the camera - I'm not Brave...

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

well that is something i would never want to do - I do find it more interesting to watch than skiing though (only on TV)

Spiderdama said...

I wanna try! Great post and shots for B:-)
Have a nice day!

jabblog said...

Very exciting sport but not one I'd like to try! Most informative post and lovely photos to accompany it.

Shrinky said...

Maybe in my younger days, eh? 'Course, they are all nuts, have to be. Thanks for making me appreceiate my sofa! (smile)

Nydia said...

I used to watch the Winter Olympic games on tv when a child, and bobslides is one of the most excting sports! You look ready to go! :o)

Kisses from Nydia.

Joy said...

How they jump in those at speed is incredible. They are running the tv olympic trails here so excitement is building. Hope the snow is increasing in time for the opening week.

Susan said...

LESLIE, I COULDNT BE PAID ENOUGH TO HURTLE DOWN THE TRACK AT THAT SPEED! NOOOO WAAAAY! i AM SUCH A CHICKEN.

GOOD POST THOUGH.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Always looks like fun but couldn't do it myself! Good B post.

Tumblewords: said...

What fun (for them - me? not so much)! Thanks for the information and the wonderful photos!

dana said...

Now THAT looks fun. I always wanted to try bobsledding. No such luck living in Los Angeles. Great post!

Autumn Belle @ KDP said...

If I was younger, I'd love to try. Now I'm too scared.

Smalltown RN said...

That is so cool Leslie....you look good in that bobsled...who knows...if they have a masters olympics you might be able to make the team!!!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

You look very cosy in there! Just the thought of doing that scares me! Thanks for the flower delivery, btw. It cheered me up.

Liz said...

How indeed? I don't think I'm made for high speed sports!

nancygrayce said...

It would be so much fun....that is if I didn't kill myself.

I hope your daughter is better!

patterns of ink said...

I rode down a luge track a few weeks ago. It was great.

It's been ages. I'm glad to see you're still active in the blogosphere. I lost touch with all of my bookmarked favorites when my laptop crashed. It has now been restored and your address was still on it.

As of Friday, I am a grandpa. This is my way of handing out cigars! See pictures of Nora Paige at:
http://patternsofink.blogspot.com/

patterns of ink said...

I rode down a luge track a few weeks ago. It was great.

It's been ages. I'm glad to see you're still active in the blogosphere. I lost touch with all of my bookmarked favorites when my laptop crashed. It has now been restored and your address was still on it.

As of Friday, I am a grandpa. This is my way of handing out cigars! See pictures of Nora Paige at:
http://patternsofink.blogspot.com/